choosing asparagus, look for compact tips and smooth round spears. The
spear should be a rich green or purplish green and stalks should be
tender. For best flavour, select spears that are firm, fresh and crisp.
Quality is not directly related to size. Stalks one-half inch in
diameter are preferable. Keep fresh asparagus moist and cold. Cool it
quickly. Store it in the refrigerator.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Whether poached, boiled, scrambled or fried, eggs have a natural affinity with asparagus.